Exciting Saturday Card at Newmarket

Only six runners have been declared for the Class 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes Group 1 horse race and it looks like being another battle between Godolphin and Coolmore, who send out Outstrip's market rival War Command who is currently the 6/5 favourite for the race at 3.10 GMT. Joseph O’Brien, who earlier this week broke the record for the number of wins in an Irish flat season, takes the mount on War Command, trained by his father Aidan.

Exceed And Excel colt Outstrip started off by winning a maiden on the July Course and headed straight for Glorious Goodwood, where his neck second to Toormore looks a lot better after his conqueror's authoritative victory in the National Stakes. The race promise to be one of the last big horse racing events of the season with the national hunt season kicking off with meetings at Chepstow and Hexham.

Outstrip, trained by Charlie Appleby, claimed his own Group honours when drawing clear in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, who revealed Be Ready will miss the race, said: "We gave Sunday's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp a miss with Outstrip hoping for better ground in the Dewhurst.

"That is a decision that might backfire, we will have to wait and see, but his Champagne Stakes victory was a top-notch effort and we are very pleased with him."

Meanwhile in the 3.50 Cesarwitch, it looks like a very open race indeed with a 33 strong field in which every horse has a chance of taking home the spoils.

William Hill and Ladbrokes go 8-1 co-favourites of three Pallasator, Tiger Cliff and Smoky Hill, while Domination and Oriental Fox are single-figure prices with some firms. The sponsors have Pallasator and Tiger Cliff as 8-1 joint-favourites with Smoky Hill, Domination and Oriental Fox next best at 10-1.

The level of support for Pricewise pick Tiger Cliff could increase following the confidence displayed by his owner Henry Ponsonby, who is also represented by Lieutenant Miller in the day’s big betting heat, on The Morning Line.

Domination gets in off a figure that is just 3lb higher than the one he was chinned off at Ballybrit. The suspicion is that, at the rate he has been progressing, his mark might still seriously underestimate the full extent of his capabilities.

Following rainfall, the ground was good last night, and very soft going would be a concern. However, Byrnes has suggested that he would pull him out if it gets too testing, so the 10/1 non-runner-no-bet that can be had about Fran Berry's mount is decent value.

Enjoy the racing today whether you are a flat or jumps enthusiast there is a bit for everyone!

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